Last night was the world premiere of Richard Curtis’s new flick The Boat That Rocked. And the guest list of celebs literally rocked my world….
Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Jack Davenport, Talulah Riley, Chris O’Dowd, Rhys Darby and Tom Sturridge all showed face for the flick’s launch. The only notable cast members not there for the huge Leicester Square premiere were Emma Thompson and US star Philip Seymour Hoffman!
I caught up with former Bond Girl Gemma Arterton who also stars in the flick (in another teeny tiny role). She told me she had a huge amount of fun working on it but would have relished the chance to work with Rhys Ifans in a scene. Gemma said: “This movie is all about having fun – and it was so nice to have a chance to have a laugh with a role. Some of my other roles have been really weepy or tragic so this was a pleasure to do. I didn’t get to do any scenes with Rhys Ifans though – all mine were with Nick Frost and Tom Sturridge. I would have loved to have worked with him.”
And she added she’s excited about her next project coming out too – her lead role in Prince of Persia opposite Hollywood hunk Jake Gyllenhaal. “Prince of Persia’s hopefully going to be huge,” she said. “And it was great working with Jake. He’s quite goofy actually and was always mucking about on set. I got to meet Reese Witherspoon briefly too one day and she seemed lovely.”
Rhys Ifans was the biggest disappointment on the carpet. He played up to TV cameras and was fluent and when it came to print press he gave one word answers and snapped at one point saying: “Look, I’ve got a hangover still from last night.” A journo asked him if he found it hard playing a gallivanting hellraiser in the flick and he replied: “What do you think?!” He needs to lighten up!
There were also tonnes of other stars at the premiere. Geri Halliwell (who later in the evening skipped the after bash to hang out with pal Nick House and Guy Ritchie at Mayfair pub the Punch Bowl) looked sexy in a boob flashing mini gold dress, Kirstie Allsop munched on popcorn next to Heart FM’s Harriet Scott in the cinema, Angus Deayton scowled as he walked in, Sir Paul McCartney looked divinely loved up with Nancy Shevell, Twiggy walked in from Leicester Square practically unnoticed and wasn’t looking her usual dazzling self and model Laura Bailey was looking super skinny as per usual.
The after party – sponsored by Martini – in Notting Hill was a pleasant affair with all the stars from the film in attendance. My favourite moment was watching Macca and Nancy walk into the event. He was wearing Cuban heels to give him some height and couldn’t stop pashing with his young girlfriend. They looked blissfully happy……
Sir Paul spent time talking with Rhys Ifans (who was drinking from a lovely camp Martini glass throughout the night) before heading off early from the party.
One guest at the after party does confuse me a little though – Sting and Trudie Styler’s daughter Coco Sumner. She turned up wearing tiny pyjama style shorts, a rank Burberry style shirt, scraggly hair and Doc Martens with socks. She talks like a man and walks like Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost (when she’s wearing heels). She’s a pretty girl and super talented – I just wish she’d be a little more feminine now and again!
Oh, and what about the film……it’s a typical Richard Curtis film full of fun gags and as heart warming as you’d expect. Stand out performances come from Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson and Nick Frost. It has possibly the best soundtrack to any film I’ve ever seen. Go see it!